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Old 08-23-2014, 09:14 AM   #1
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Got a call from a chiropractor that wants me to paint an awning for him. When he left the message I assumed it is a metal awning. Turns out it is canvas. I have never painted canvas, but he has been told by several that it can be done. Talk to the paint store guys and they told me to use BM MooreGlo. My concern is what I would clean the canvas with before painting.

My plan, if I can do the job, is to tell him that I will not guarantee that he will be happy with the appearance, nor will I guarantee the work. He is trying to avoid buying a new awning. The chiropractor's name who occupied the office before him is still on the awning, which is why he wants it painted.
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Old 08-23-2014, 11:24 AM   #2
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Pressure-wash or scrub-brushes. I'd spray vs roll since paint can absorb to different intensities on canvas. FF tip.


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My plan, if I can do the job, is to tell him that I will not guarantee that he will be happy with the appearance, nor will I guarantee the work.
Yep. Thats in my contract as well
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I have painted quite a few, I used Moore Glo on a few also SW Super Paint, Any acrylic will work. The texture from the lettering will probably still be visible after paint. I have rolled and sprayed them, rolling 2 or 3 coats has turned out fine in my experiences.
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Pete, might wanna consider a solid stain. Paint will work, but may crack or flake over time. Solid stain gives you color and takes the cracking/peeling out of the equation.


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Sounds like a good idea. Have you tired this before. Just wondering.
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Sounds like a good idea. Have you tired this before. Just wondering.

Yes. On my gazebo canvas about 7 yrs ago. Other than being dirty, it's still in great shape.


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I've done numerous properties going back to the 90s using 100% acrylic satin or semi-gloss with no peeling or cracking what so ever. A solid body stain is 100% acrylic and would hold up. A 100% acrylic paint, satin or semi-gloss will hold up better and not collect dirt and hold up long term to the elements than a stain will.

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There are a couple of leather/canvas paints on the market that don't flake or blister. The other posters were correct in saying pressure clean or wash down. They can look a little patchy and they tend to suck up the paint so don't be shy with your quantities. I think I used close to a gallon for one double window.

Remember to quote only painting one side! I had a customer once ask why the inside was not painted!
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The Cali 2010 works great on awnings. One of my customers is an awning maker, all fabric work is done in this. Flat for base coat, satin gloss for lettering. It's much cheaper for them to do it this way than spend the time with printers inks (holy crap do those smell, Guardz or Bin seems like water compared to this stuff.) and it has lasted for them just as long. They simply mask and roll base coat while its set tight on a hard surface, let dry, paint lettering 2-3 coats.
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